Degrees of trust
Organizations thrive or die as a result of the decisions devised by its employees. Such decisions also provide a snapshot for understanding the ethical behavior endorsed by an organization's culture. This article focuses on the importance of establishing organizational codes of ethical behavior and critiques the ethical challenges that most organizations encounter. It also discusses the ways that executives and project managers can--within their organizations and for their teams--establish a culture of ethical behavior and develop and implement codes of ethical behavior that provide employees with clearly articulated guidelines outlining acceptable and expected action. Such guidelines, this article notes, can reform such common ethical mistakes as failing to make decisions when responsible decision-making is required. Accompanying this article is a sidebar describing ten mistakes common to global ethics programs.